AUSVEG Board

The AUSVEG Board of Directors is made up of representatives from our state member organisations, as well as Board-appointed skills-based Directors.

Position Name State
Board member (Chair) Bill Bulmer Victoria
Board member (Deputy Chair) Belinda Adams Queensland
Board member Danny De Ieso South Australia
Board member Geoff Moar New South Wales
Board member Michael Nixon Western Australia
Board member David Addison Tasmania
Board member Michael Quach Northern Territory
Skills Based Board Members
Position Name
Board member Simon Bolles Appointed
Board member Mark Napper Appointed
Bill Bulmer
Chairman

Bill Bulmer

Lindenow grower Bill Bulmer was elected to the AUSVEG Board on 27 November 2014, and elected as AUSVEG Chair on 13 November 2017.

Bill is a third generation Victorian vegetable farmer running the family business Bulmer Farms Pty Ltd.

Bulmer Farms supplies the processing industry in Bairnsdale, Melbourne and Sydney and the Fresh Markets all down the eastern sea board.

Bill is an active member of the vegetable industry and the local community, currently serving on the Vegetable Growers Association of Victoria Executive Committee, a member of the Ausveg board, VFF Hort Committee, Board member of the East Gippsland Water Catchment Authority, Chair of the Mitchell River Catchment Agricultural Business Association, Chair of the Lindenow irrigators advisory committee, East Gippsland Food Cluster and previously as the President and Life Member of the Lindenow Football and Netball clubs, bringing a range of skills and insights to the AUSVEG Board.

 

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Belinda Adams
Deputy Chair

Belinda Adams

Belinda Adams has been a Director of Growcom since 2015 and has been a long time contributor to the vegetable industry, serving as a committee member of Hort Innovation’s Consumer Alignment Strategic Investment Advisory Panel and as the Queensland representative for Enviroveg. Belinda has also completed the Women Executive Leadership Program 2017.

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David Addison
Board member

David Addison

David Addison has been involved with the vegetable industry for over 40 years.

David and his family manage an Export and Domestic Onion Packing business, exporting to Europe and Asia and a potato and vegetable growing farming business based in Moriarty, Tasmania and has done since 1976. Here he has developed his farming business supplying vegetables, potatoes and other products like poppies, cereals, livestock and pyrethrum to both the processing and fresh sectors.

David is presently a member of the Horticultural Export Group, established to assist in Export Development from Tasmania.

He has represented the vegetable and potato industry in positions including being a Vegetable Councillor for the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, the Tasmanian Vegetable Centre Advisory Centre (TIAR) and levy payer representative on the Potato Industry Advisory Committee (H.A.L.).

David was elected to the AUSVEG Board on 15 September 2010 and Deputy Chair from 30 August 2013 to 24 November 2016.

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Danny De Ieso
Board member

Danny De Ieso

South Australian Director Danny De Ieso has been involved in the vegetable industry for over 30 years and currently operates a bunch line operation on the Northern Adelaide Plains. Danny has long maintained an active involvement within the industry through his previous role as South Australian representative on the Vegetable IAC overseeing industry R&D investments and is the current Grower Director on the Adelaide Produce Markets Ltd board.

In addition to his AUSVEG position, Danny is the inaugural Chairman of South Australian Growers Ltd (t/a AUSVEG SA) and was instrumental in re-establishing formal membership for the organisation with AUSVEG, ensuring that South Australian growers once again had a formal voice within their National Peak Industry Body.

Danny is passionate about ensuring that South Australian growers have a strong, effective voice with government to guard against red tape and increasing compliance costs for industry. In addition, Danny maintains hands on role in industry projects in robotics and export development which have potential to cut labour costs for growers and expand fledgling overseas markets for produce.
Danny was elected to the AUSVEG Board on 23 September 2014.

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Geoff Moar
Board member

Geoff Moar

For the past 40 years Geoff has grown fresh and processed potatoes in the Riverina area of NSW for crisping and fresh markets. He is a member of the Horticultural Committee of the NSW Farmers Association, and is very keen to improve the percentage of retail dollar that is delivered to growers.

“When I first started growing potatoes, the percentage was much larger than it is today and everybody seems to be able to justify a larger share leaving the grower with much less at the end,” Geoff says.

Geoff is also concerned about the availability of water throughout Australia, especially the Murray-Darling Basin, which after years of drought is in a dire condition.”The handling of water in general, with irrigation supplies needs to be closely observed by both growers and government.” He fears that growers may find themselves having difficulty in retaining the water rights that they have already secured with the Australian Government, something that he hopes to improve for industry.

Geoff was appointed to the AUSVEG Board in 2004 and is the longest-serving current director. Geoff also served as AUSVEG Chairman from August 2013 to November 2017.

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Michael Nixon
Board member

Michael Nixon

Michael Nixon is a vegetable grower from Carnarvon, Western Australia. He is the owner of Riverlodge Assets which grows various vegetable commodities and has been involved in the vegetable industry for over seven years.

 

Michael was elected to the AUSVEG Board on 16 November 2014.

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Michael Quach
Board Member

Michael Quach

Michael Quach is a cucumber, tomato and mango grower from Darwin, Northern Territory. Michael is a leading industry member in the Northern Territory vegetable industry, having a strong focus on implementing effective biosecurity measures on-farm, particularly following the outbreak of cucumber green mottle mosaic virus in the Northern Territory in 2014.

Michael is a previous finalist for the ABC Rural Biosecurity Farmer of the Year and joined the AUSVEG Board in 2017.

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Simon Bolles
Skills-based board member

Simon Bolles

Appointed to the Board on 24 November 2014. Member of the Audit Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee since 21 December 2017.

AUSVEG Interim CEO from 24 May 2016 until 13 January 2017 and Company Secretary from 3 June 2016 until 19 April 2017.

Mr Bolles took leave of absence from the Board and Audit Committee at the time of his appointment as Interim CEO. He has been a Non-Executive Director and Independent Committee Member/Chair for over a decade serving and having served on a variety of companies including The University of Melbourne FBE Alumni Council (Deputy Chair), Board member and Audit Committee Chair Road Trauma Support Services Victoria, Board and committee member The Salvation Army State Social Command Victoria, CPA/Victorian Government Problem Gambling Advisory Board, Independent member Travellers Aid Australia and of others. Mr. Bolles is also a Prequalified Audit and Risk Committee Member for the NSW Government and registered Director Tasmanian Government Department of Treasury and Finance.

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Mark Napper
Skills-based board member

Mark Napper

Mark has 30+ years’ experience in Australian agribusiness. He owns a fruit orchard in Bangalow, New South Wales and currently grows peaches, nectarines and custard apples. In addition to his farming interests, Mark owns and operates a business advisory firm. Mark has extensive experience within the horticulture industry.  In 2015 he co-chaired the Horticulture Code of Conduct Review.  Mark presently is Chair of Australian Hemp Masonry Company Pty Ltd (2016 – present) and a director of Santos Organics Ltd (2016 – present).

Previous positions have included: Deputy Chair Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd from 2015 to 2018, Managing Director of the Australian Horticultural Corporation 1998 to 2001, Director of the Australian Mango Industry Association Ltd from 2008 to 2011, Director of the Summerfruit Australia Ltd from 2012 to 2013, independent Director of AUSVEG Ltd from 2009 to 2013, and CEO and Director of Windsor Farm Foods Group Ltd from 2005 to 2011.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting); Master of Business Administration; is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and is a Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants (FCPA). Mark was appointed to the AUSVEG board as an Independent Director in May 2019.

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